Windham Animal Control is a Division of the Willimantic Police Department that enforces all State Laws related to animals. It is the responsibility of the Animal Control Division to investigate roaming dogs, animal bites, cruelty to animals, barking nuisance, unreasonable tethering or confining a dog, leash law, valid rabies vaccination, dog licensure and rabies related wildlife complaints that present an eminent danger to the public. It is the goal of the Animal Control Division to educate the public on humane animal care and to place impounded animals into qualified homes. The Officers in the Animal Control Division are animal lovers and show love and respect to all animals that come to the facility.
Animal Adoption we use a pet adoption questionnaire to match prospective owners with pets. We give extensive information about our pets and pet behavior issues in order to ensure a successful adoption.
There are currently no laws pertaining to roaming or stray cats in Windham. Animal Control will only get involved with cats under the following circumstances: cat bites, verify valid rabies vaccinations for owned domestic cats, aid sick or injured unowned cats, investigate cruelty violations, and investigate complaints of cats exhibiting signs of rabies.
Conflicts with wildlife are becoming more common as they spread throughout Connecticut. If you are concerned about or have an injured wild animal please contact the DEEP at 860-424-3011 and review the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's website
The Animal Control Division is not licensed as a pest control service or wildlife rehabilitator. For concerns regarding nuisance wildlife please refer to the DEEP website.
If a human is bitten by a dog or bitten or scratched by a cat or wildlife, please seek immediate medical attention and contact your animal control facility. The most common signs of rabies are aggressive behavior, falling over or walking in circles, salivating at the mouth, inability to move, no fear of people, no interest in food or water.
Rabies CT State Statute 22-339b:
All dogs and cats 3 months and older have to be vaccinated against rabies and kept current. This also includes owned cats. Violation of this state statute is a $136 infraction.
A number of studies have been conducted to determine the effects of proactive licensing programs. Many states have found that active licensing and strict enforcement of licensing laws helps:
Rabies Control (Still a Present Issue)
Identification of Dogs Involved in Bite/Attack Incidents
Owner Identification and Location
Source of Revenue for Municipal and State Canine Control Programs Such as the Animal Population Program
Control of Roaming Dogs
Reduction of Domestic Dog Damage
Less Time & Low Cost
Did you know that a dog wearing a license is easier to deal with, requires less time, and does not cost the town or dog owner as much money as a dog which is not licensed? If a dog is captured and is wearing a license the owner can be notified promptly, saving impoundment time, advertising fees, and care during impoundment.
If a person is bitten/attacked by a dog with a license, the medical history can be obtained from the owner in a short period of time - thus relieving the anxiety of having to go through the rabies series. We should not lose sight of the fact that rabies is found in our state’s wildlife population.
Phone: 860-465- 3087Emergency Phone: 860-465-3135
Hours of Operation
9 am to 3 pm
8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday through Thursday
7:30 am to 5 pm
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
For after hours, please call and leave a message at 860-465- 3087 and we will return your call the following morning.